Cranberry Pavlova

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling


10 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
I was looking for a good desert for Christmas. One that was different than pumpkin and apple pie. I still wanted it to have a holiday feel. This is a great holiday dessert because the colors and taste remind me of the season. —Veronica Gantley, Norfolk, Virginia
Cranberry Pavlova Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line a baking sheet with parchment; set aside.
  2. Add the cornstarch, vinegar, vanilla and salt to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved.
  3. Spread into a 9-in. circle on prepared pan, forming a shallow well in the center. Bake at 250° for 45-55 minutes or until set and dry. Turn off oven and do not open door; leave meringue in oven for 1 hour.
  4. In a large saucepan, combine the cranberries, 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, water and cornstarch. Cook over medium heat until berries pop, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  5. In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add remaining confectioners' sugar; beat until soft peaks form.
  6. Spread whipped cream into center of meringue; top with cranberry sauce. Refrigerate leftovers.
Sugared Cranberries
Heat 3 tablespoons light corn syrup in microwave until warm; gently toss with 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, allowing excess syrup to drip off. Toss in 1/3 cup sugar to coat. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set, about 1 hour. 

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 254 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 58mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.